In the gospel of Matthew chapter 16 we find the Apostle Peter’s confession.
This chapter could be effortlessly outlined like this:
- Jesus and His foes
- Jesus and his friends
It is while the Apostle Matthew is dealing under the direct inspiration of the Holy Spirit with “Jesus and His Friends that a person gets detailed information on the preaching of the Son of God. ( verse 14)
Evangelist Oliver B. Green once wrote about our text, : They had mixed feelings about His identity. But while the people did not agree on who Jesus was, most of them recognized that HE was not just an ordinary teacher or preacher.”
NEVER FORGET: Revival would sweep America in a short order if those who stepped to the sacred desk took the same approach to preaching as the Son of God did. Friend, you and I need to know that the Savior should be the divine schematic to a preacher’s sermon delivery! There are three certain characteristics of Christ-like preaching:
1. THE CONVICTION OF A JOHN THE BAPTIST
“And they said, some say that thou art John the Baptist,” When Jesus flipped over the money changer’s tables in the Temple, someone said, ” That reminds me of John the Baptist!” (Matt. 21:12-13)
It would do a preacher well to have a moment in every sermon where his vigorous belief on the topic at hand is seen. Nobody wondered what the wilderness mouth piece of God thought about the wicked politician’s marital status. (Luke 3:19)
2. THE COMPULSION OF ELIJAH
When Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee and said,” Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men,” and professional fishermen left their livelihood to follow Him, someone might have said,” That resembles the invitation Brother Elijah gave on Mount Carmel!”Preaching that doesn’t call people to the altar to make a decision about what they just heard is a COLOSSAL WASTE OF TIME!
3. THE COMPASSION OF JEREMIAH
When Jesus watched the crowds that would come to hear Him preach, His heart would break because they had no spiritual leadership, someone may have said, ” That reminds me of the passion of Jeremiah!” Preacher, don’t bring the Bible to the pulpit if you don’t have a burden too. Truth that is mingled with tears always has been a true hallmark of Christlike preaching!
-Evangelist John Hamblin